Blowing Hot, Then Not: Weak Economy Shakes L.A.’s Melrose Avenue

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The facade of Miu Miu at South Coast Plaza.

Designer and Luxury

Miu Miu Boosting Profile in U.S.

Italian luxury brand Miu Miu opened store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa last month.

clock December 7, 2009Anne Riley-Katz

Frederic de Narp

Business Features

Frédéric de Narp Named CEO at Harry Winston

Frédéric de Narp tapped for top slot at Harry Winston; Thomas J. O’Neill will step down from his role as president and ceo.

clock December 4, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Business Features

Department Stores Add 7,500 Jobs in Nov.

Retailers bolstered payrolls in November in anticipation of the holiday shopping season.

clock December 4, 2009Kristi Ellis

Vladislav Doronin and Naomi Campbell


Art Basel Parties On

Eli Broad, Naomi Campbell and Pharrell Williams headed to Art Basel in Miami.

clock December 4, 2009WWD Staff


Saks Restates Net With Tax Benefit

Saks’ accounting reversal results in gain in third-quarter income to $6.3 million from $1.9 million posted last week.

clock December 7, 2009Vicki M. Young

Liliane Bettencourt

Human Resources

L’Oréal Mum on Bettencourt Gift Reports

Reports swirl that François-Marie Banier is not the only person to have received financial gifts from Liliane Bettencourt.

clock December 7, 2009Jennifer Weil

Looks from Gen Art’s Styles International Design Competition.

Fashion Features

Still Life: Gen Art Fetes Styles International Design Winners

Gen Art’s Styles International Design Competition on Wednesday night was a subdued affair.

clock December 7, 2009Venessa Lau

Designer and Luxury

Gucci in Indian Venture

Gucci is entering the Indian market directly.

clock December 7, 2009Luisa Zargani

Weatherproof is partnering with New York Cares this month to present Coats for Clunker.


Memo Pad: Weatherproof Gives Warmth… Mail Call…

Weatherproof is partnering with New York Cares by giving out $100 vouchers to those who donate used coats.

clock December 7, 2009WWD Staff

Jean Shin

Designer and Luxury

Calvin Klein’s Seoul Surprise

Calvin Klein spring women’s and men’s lines will be showcased Thursday as installations in Korea’s Kring Creative Culture Center.

clock December 7, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

Bulgari’s new San Francisco boutique.


Bulgari Store Expands in San Francisco

Italian luxury jeweler moved into a 13,000-square-foot store last month in San Francisco — the largest among Bulgari’s 15 U.S. locations.

clock December 7, 2009Joanna Ramey

Novelty legwear from Betsey Johnson.


Novelty Looks Score With Legwear

Hosiery manufacturers are anticipating a strong finish to the fourth quarter at retail.

clock December 7, 2009Caroline Tell

The SocialSun station in a store.


Macy’s, Sunglass Hut Strike Eyewear Deal

Luxottica Group has signed an agreement with Macy’s Inc. for its Sunglass Hut unit to serve as the sole operator of the retailer’s sunglass departments.

clock December 7, 2009Caroline Tell

A whimsical bra and panty wall at Intimacy.


Intimacy Chain to Open Second Manhattan Unit

Intimacy plans to open its second store in Manhattan on Dec. 18, said Susan Nethero, founder and chief executive officer.

clock December 7, 2009Holly Haber

A novelty printed look from Fantastic Dream.


Invista Workshop Focuses on Lycra Technology

Innovation was the overriding message for the Invista Fashion Trend Watch 2010 workshop for intimates, which runs through Dec. 18.

clock December 7, 2009Karyn Monget

Hard-to-find brands are key at Sugar Lilie Dessous Prives.


A Sugar Lilie Sprouts in L.A.

Sugar Lilie Dessous Prives, a new lingerie boutique in Los Angeles, features hard-to-find brands, such as Marlies Dekkers and Hot Milk.

clock December 7, 2009Kristin Studeman

A vacant storefront on Melrose Avenue.

Real Estate

L.A.’s Melrose Avenue Hit by Weak Economy

Melrose Avenue, once among the hottest retail and fashion strips, is feeling the chill of California’s disastrous economy.

clock December 7, 2009WWD Staff

Roland Mouret at Neiman Marcus.

Designer and Luxury

Roland Mouret to Launch Men’s Wear Collection

Roland Mouret wants to dress the partners of his clientele. And himself.

clock December 7, 2009Holly Haber

Cate Blanchett

Fashion Features

Cate Blanchett and Team Valentino Around Town

Cate Blanchett said, “I know listening to actors complain about their jobs is a little dull.”

clock December 7, 2009WWD Staff

Christopher Bailey

Fashion Scoops

Christopher Bailey Visits Buckingham Palace… Fashion in Pictures…

Christopher Bailey made a visit to Buckingham Palace Friday to receive his Member of the Order of the British Empire honor from Queen Elizabeth II.

clock December 7, 2009WWD Staff

Dave McTague, Executive vice president of partnered brands, Liz Claiborne.


Dave McTague Leaves Liz Claiborne

Executive vice president of the Partnered Brands division at Liz Claiborne exited Friday.

clock December 7, 2009Evan Clark


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